Chicagoans, renowned for our worship of the all beef frankfurter, understand that ketchup is popular with children because they like sweet stuff. But if you are over 18, never, ever allow ketchup anywhere near a proper hot dog in Chicago.
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On July 18, 1936, the 13 foot hot dog started cruising the streets of Chicago and the Midwest. It is considered one of the most successful marketing gimmicks in history.
It's about time that the rest of the country comes face to face with the charms of this liberally condimented showpiece clad in a tidy white bun.
Wave the flag, light the sparklers, and start the grill. Here are links to some recipes and tips on how to amp up your Fourth of July.
If you're planning a cookout for this most patriotic of days, here's an opportunity to celebrate the American dream. Because hot dog culture is American history.
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